a blessed day.

Every day is blessed.

But some days,

the really special ones,

it’s as if you can taste the sweetness that pours forth,

like a bright cherry popsicle on a hot summer day!

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When we contemplate the blessings of faith even now, as if gazing at a reflection in a mirror, it is, as if we already possessed the wonderful things which our faith assures us we shall one day enjoy.”  (CCC163)

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The word of the Lord came to me, saying:  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” 

Jeremiah 1:4-5

The Gift of Love

“Brothers & sisters:  Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.  But I shall show you a still more excellent way.

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;  but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 12:31- 13:13

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“In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.  In your justice rescue me, and deliver me: incline your ear to me, and save me.  Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71: 1-2, 3

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“For you are my hope, O Lord; my trust, O God, from my youth.  On you I depend from birth; from my mothre’s womb you are my strength.” Psalm 71: 5-6

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“My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation.  O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeeds.” Psalm 71: 15, 17

What were the blessings you received today?

3hugs n’ blessings to all the popsicle eaters, no matter which flavor you enjoyed!

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